Ex­pat banker ar­rested over fa­tal HK Fer­rari crash

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A se­nior for­eign banker was ar­rested in Hong Kong af­ter his Fer­rari was in­volved in a crash in a car park which killed a se­cu­rity guard, re­ports said Wed­nes­day.

Po­lice said the 48-year-old driver — iden­ti­fied by the South China Morn­ing Post as Robert Ebert, the head of eq­ui­ties for Asia Pa­cific at Deutsche Bank — was ar­rested on “sus­pi­cion of danger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death.”

The pa­per said Ebert was later bailed with­out charge.

“When reach­ing the car park’s en­trance, the pri­vate car re­port­edly lost con­trol and col­lided with an­other pri­vate car ... It then hit ... a 53-year-old man who was next to the wa­ter bar­ri­ers,” po­lice said in a state­ment.

“Sus­tain­ing se­ri­ous head and shoul­der in­juries, the 53-yearold man... was cer­ti­fied dead at 2 p.m.,” the state­ment said.

Po­lice said the col­li­sion hap­pened early Tues­day in a car park near the Deutsche Bank of­fice in the city’s In­ter­na­tional Com­merce Cen­tre tower. They iden­ti­fied the 48-year-old driver only as a for­eign man named James.

Frank­furt-based Deutsche Bank de­clined com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

The Post re­ported that the Fer­rari had been bought for HK$4.5 mil­lion (US$585,000) in 2013.

The front page of the Ap­ple Daily news­pa­per showed po­lice of­fi­cers check­ing the wrecked black Fer­rari, while a video on the news­pa­per’s web­site showed the driver wear­ing a dark blue suit and avoid­ing re­porters’ cam­eras.

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